Patrimonio Blanc “Grotta di Sole”, Antoine Arena 2013
A biodynamically produced wine, there is a sign within the vineyard saying- "Jettez les pelles, et mettez l‘herbicide"; translating roughly as "throw away your shovels, and put down weed killer". The Arenas use just 800 grams of sulphur per hectare to treat their vines for powdery mildew, which is just a fraction of the four kilos per hectare that the biodynamic regulations permit.
The colour is straw and clear with a shimmer of trapped gas. Aromas of salted roasted nuts give some indication of the extreme ripeness of the wine, with flavours of minerality and, plump, sweet fruit flavour hinting at green bananas and mushy ripe pears. Throw in some preserved lemons and oranges, maybe a little mint. These are punctuated with fennel and sweet herb flavours. Think heat, think rocks.
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